Arriving in Sigmaringen and what do we see............
A MASSIVE CASTLE!....................Sitting majestically on top of a cliff, overlooking the Town of Sigmaringen and the beautiful countryside surrounding the Danube river.
Once a medieval fortress, it later became a grand residence for the Hohenzollern counts and princes, one of the oldest and most important noble families in Germany.
Dating back to 1077, the old parts are still there, but can't be seen, they are hidden!
The Castle gate, the main building, and the keep date back to around 1200, and were included in later rebuilding. The 3rd construction was undertaken by Count Karl II of Hohenzollern (1576-1606), and still more and more architectural changes were made. It was made a Renaissance Chateau in 1630, two building's were joined together in 1650, more rebuilding was done in the 18th & 19th Centuries.
Once again, it was another Castle that was destroyed with fire, this happened in 1893.
Another Castle that had to be re-built!
The Castle is open for inspection and can only be seen on a tour which is done in German.
November - February 10:00am to 3:30pm
March - April March - April 9:30am to 4:30pm
May - October May - October 9:00am to 5:00pm
ADMISSION ......ADULTS....8.50 EUROS.
I came across this Statue as I was walking around the Castle.
I wondered who Karl Anton was as he had a very nice statue.
Well, Karl Anton was the last Prince in a line of many who ruled over a small principality in southwest Germany. He had Sigmaringen Castle built, as he wanted to make Sigmaringen a place for the rich and powerful people to come and visit. He was also was Minister-President of Prussia from 1858-61.
I am guessing the Woman on the statue, may be his wife Josephine, who was actually his cousin.
If you visit the Castle, then you will see his collection of over 3000 weapon's from the 14th - 20th centuries, which is one of the biggest private collection's in Europe.
Walking around Sigmaringen, I came across the lovely Town Square. It was quite busy with people setting up stalls for a market.
As the Town is very old, there are many nice buildings here of all different styles, and many with Frescoes. The Town Hall is in the square and on the corner of the building were statue's.
The Fountain in front of the Town Hall was built in 1826, and is of is Count Johann of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.
The Town Square in the 1800's and earlier, was not the place a young Woman who had pre-maritial sex wanted to be. If she became pregnant, she was brought to the Town Square and put in stocks and made to wear "mocking Crown's of Straw," or was tied to a "Post of Shame!" How times have changed!